Connecticut Street Art
To have a list compiled of great examples of street art in Connecticut. An ideal response would have towns to visit, outdoor murals to see, and additionally, restaurants, hotels or other activities that a tourist might wrap into their trip. If available, a list of award-winning murals or muralists from Connecticut would also be helpful.
- Known as Norwalk’s hidden treasure, the WPA murals of Norwalk City Hall are part of one of the largest and most important collections of restored Depression-era art in the country. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created in 1935 to provide economic relief to American citizens following the Great Depression. Under President Franklin D Roosevelt, artists created dramatic work to promote this program. Today, very few of these murals remain, but 30 murals and panels can be found at Norwalk City Hall. There are self-guided tours and public group guided tours available. It is located at 125 East Avenue, in Norwalk.
- For a larger-than-life look at history, view the murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the courtroom in Hartford’s Supreme Court Building.
- Take a walk on the artistic side with the New London Mural Walk, in the city of New London, Connecticut. Lasting from 30 minutes to an hour, this walk includes past national historic landmark buildings, as well as neighborhoods with some of the city's most bustling shops, eclectic restaurants, a breathtaking waterfront park, and many art galleries.
- Recently opened, The American Mural Project is located in Winsted, where visitors of all ages can view and marvel at the largest piece of collaborative artwork in the world. At 120 feet long, five stories high and up to ten feet deep, this three dimensional mural is intended to be a tribute to the working people of the United States, and was started over a dozen years ago. When finished, the project will also feature a visitor's center.
Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals
- Our initial hour of research provided four examples of street art available to view in various cities in Connecticut.
- We did not have time to wrap in restaurants, hotels or other activities that someone visiting the murals could go to or stay in. We also did not have time to research whether there are any award-winning murals or muralists in Connecticut.
- Please select one or more of the options provided in the proposed scoping section below.
Proposed next steps:
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We are suggesting research that takes the four murals found in the initial hour of research (the WPA murals of Norwalk City Hall, the courtroom in Hartford’s Supreme Court Building, the New London Mural Walk, and The American Mural Project) and then wrap in 3-4 restaurants, 3-4 hotels, and 1-2 other activities that someone visiting the murals could go to or stay in. Please check this box if we should proceed with this research.
Additionally, we are suggesting research that provides 3-5 award-winning (or notable) murals and/or muralists (artists) from Connecticut. For any award winning murals, we will not include any of the four murals already found in the initial research. For each mural or muralist found, we will provide the name, any applicable links, and a description of them. Please check this box if we should proceed with this research.
Alternatively, we can simply continue to build a list of 3-5 more great examples of street art in Connecticut. For each one found, we will provide the name, any applicable links, and a description of them. We will not repeat any of the ones found in the initial research. We would not be able to wrap in restaurants, hotels or other activities that someone visiting the murals could go to or stay in in this project based on research hours. Please check this box if we should proceed with this research.